Since 2007, Sound Advice has listed the four communication options for families whose children are deaf, to ensure families make fully informed decisions on their childrens’ behalf. Our e-book, “Teaching A Deaf Child To Hear And Speak… Perfectly!” also guides families wanting to build auditory-verbal therapy (AVT) into everyday routines for everyone’s benefit.
First #AVTchat session
On October 14th 2015, Sound Advice hosted the first #AVTchat session to explore what AVT is, and the challenges families face in accessing much-needed services in Ireland.
#Storify: Yesterday's #AVTchat is at http://t.co/W0nTCORdmj. Thanks to everyone who contributed! #auditoryverbaltherapy
— Caroline Carswell (@soundadvice_pro) October 15, 2015
Educating Parents About AVT Took Time
In Ireland, parent awareness of AVT as an option grew from a seminar in Belfast (2013), followed by a screening of the US-made 95 Decibels movie in Dublin, in January 2014.
Eligible children in Ireland gained access to bilateral cochlear implants from July 2014, with families now aware that these devices are only the first step in the learning-to-talk process.
Over the coming weeks, Sound Advice will host more #AVTchat sessions to explore the family-based approach in greater depth and to identify areas where collaboration is needed. Several participants this week were Twitter chat newbies – talk about learning, as you go!
- Strategies For Effective Auditory-Verbal Therapy
- #AVTChat 2, “Reading And Auditory-Verbal Therapy”
- #AVTChat 3, “Family Members and Auditory-Verbal Therapy”
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